Wayne Parnell, most decorated player at the Western Province Cricket Associations’ awards-ceremony in 2016, is ten days away from his return to the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ fray.
Parnell, who was the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ player of the year for the 2015/2016-season, sustained a rib injury recently after his international recall to the South African team for the Caribbean triangular series.
And the left-handed swing bowler has made a statement which could sound like an ominous warning to the current openers in the Cobras team. “I have thrown my hat in the ring last season to be an opener in the limited format,” he said.
Indeed. Parnell slammed 237 runs last season at an average of 47.40 in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
He also captured 23 wickets in the Sunfoil Series and impressed with three successful five-wicket hauls at the back-end of the four-day competition.
“I think one of the things I have learned from being back into the international environment is not to be too overawed about technicalities. Graeme Smith was a very successful opener despite being a bit unorthodox.“One can get carried away about the perfect action. I will want to consistently place the ball in the right areas and ask questions,” he said.
Parnell has the ability at the start of the innings to convert the first six overs into totals of 55 to 60. He is not leg-side or off-side bound and can clear the boundaries or bisect the field expertly.
As a left-arm bowler, he could operate at speeds of 140 km/h or faster and if the rhythm and swing are good, he can cause havoc.
He produced one of the finest spells of fast bowling in a One Day International ever seen at SuperSport Park by taking 4-25 against Australia.
Recently, he produced another barn-storming performance with the ball when he nipped out 7-51 at PPC Newlands. The Hollywoodbets Dolphins suffered and afterwards, Roger Telemachus, assistant coach of the Dolphins, described it as one of the best bowling performances produced by Parnell that he had seen in many years.
“The plan is that I will be available for the Cobras before the end of November,” an up-beat Parnell said.